Now Dig This! Art and Black Los Angeles 1960-1980 surveys the art of LA’s African-American community as it was coming into its own. Artists began opening their own alternative venues, were deeply influence by the Watts Rebellion of 1965 (Noah Purifoy said the Rebellion made him a real artist), and began shifting towards minimal, ephemeral, and performance-based work. The thirty-three artists in the exhibition, including Melvin Edwards, David Hammons, and Senga Nengudi, continue to have an international influence on artists beyond LA.
WHERE TO SEE
Now Dig This! Art and Black Los Angeles 1960-1980 is on view at MoMA PS1 from October 21, 2012 to March 11, 2013.